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By Pam Parker Erie Times-News staff blogger
Pam Parker's blog takes on everything from women's fun to momisms to lifestyles around Lake Erie and real estate. She'll take you down Memory Lane, up through sports and fun and off the grid. Get ready for laughs — it's more than just Pam. It's Pamdemonium.   Read more about this blog.
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Posts tagged ‘PBS’
Posted: June 11th, 2014

lelwinterscenesSchool’s out!

Summer vacation is here, and if you are looking for some ideas of things to do and places to go, here they are:

Sunsets are free — don’t miss the Erie sunsets with your kids.

PBS has something for every age from babies on up. Examples: water play, pudding paint, flashlight tag and much more.

AARP suggests you visit kidsbowlfree.com,  takemefishing.org in Pennsylvania for deals.

Also, check out all of the area’s museums. Visit the websites for daily deals. And the library — make sure you visit the public library near you. We went every week when my kids were little — free story time, puzzles, videos and more.

Ready to shop? AARP says you can find some of the best in-store and online deals on Tuesdays and Wednesdays — the days that clothing markdowns take place at some stores.

Check out Shopsmart.org too.

Summer vacation is here. Enjoy the kids, and get some deals!

 

 

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Posted: January 29th, 2013

Dowager countess Downton AbbeyI won’t spoil anything that happens on Downton Abbey, but the grand finale episode in February will be cause for a party and a fun night in Erie’s historic abbey. Well not really — it’s the Watson Curtze mansion on West Sixth Street — but it is historic.

On Saturday, Feb. 23, 2013, patrons at Watson Curtze will dine on a British-themed menu. Dinner will be followed by a live viewing of the season finale (which airs Feb. 17 on PBS) in the mansion’s planetarium.

Dinner will be held at 7:15 p.m. with the show airing from 9 -10 p.m.

Black or white tie are encouraged.

Chef Marc Berarducci will prepare a menu that includes roasted butternut squash salads with warm cider vinaigrette, cottage pie, English roast and lemon curd tart. Cost is $75 per person including wine with dinner. RSVP deadline is Friday, Feb. 8.

RSVP to: Caleb Pifer 454-1813 x25 or cpifer@eriecountyhistory.org

Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey airs Sunday evenings on WQLN. You can catch up on all the episodes on PBS here.

Shirley MacLaine joined the show this season. The history, the fashions, the cars and the fans are incredible, and so is the award-winning writing.

I interviewed Mrs. Patmore — actress Lesley Nicol — by phone about a month ago for our January issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle – here’s the link to that interview.

The comments on Twitter can be found at #Downton.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

 

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Posted: January 7th, 2013

DowntonObsession is a good word for those of us who watch Downton Abbey, and that’s what the cover story in Parade magazine calls it. New and current fans joined in on Facebook to comment on the phenom of Downton Abbey. And many new fans had a good point — it is called Masterpiece in a lot of television listings rather than Downton Abbey. So, it was difficult to find for folks new to the program.

Masterpiece’s Downton Abbey premiered its third season last night on WQLN. If you didn’t see it, catch up on it and all the episodes on PBS here.

Shirley MacLaine joined the show with a flourish. She was entertaining but not over the top. If you want to catch up on the recaps and reviews, here they are:

  • Entertainment Weekly — click here.
  • A fitting review from Forbes is here – Forbes you might ask? It all makes sense because Downton’s owners’ investments raised concerns in the premiere episode last night — fascinating stuff with great historical connections.
  • And here’s the Rolling Stone review.

I interviewed Mrs. Patmore — actress Lesley Nicol — by phone about a month ago for our January issue of Lake Erie LifeStyle — here’s the link to that interview. I got my husband hooked last night — I think the cool cars helped!

The comments on Twitter can be found at #Downton.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

 

 

 

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Posted: December 15th, 2012

A lump has been in my throat for 22 hours now. My kids are all in their 20s, but we’ve lived through many horrors including Virginia Tech and Columbine. Here’s some good advice from the Idaho Evening Journal. As moms and dads, we must listen and pay attention to what our kids need to discuss, and not all kids are the same. The Seattle Times also offered some terrific advice.

More links provided by PBS from Gary Meier, Superintendent, Ferndale Public Schools in Ferndale, Michigan:

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyle, Her Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa. She is the mom of three, stepmom to three and step-grandmom to one.

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Posted: November 27th, 2012

It’s all over the blogs right now.

NBC announced today that the network has hired “Downton Abbey” writer Julian Fellowes to create a similar drama about  late-nineteenth-century New York City.

Read the full story here from Vulture. It will be called “The Gilded Age,” and it will concentrate on money making Americans who lived lavishly.

The news broke today, but Fellowes promised that he will continue “Downton Abbey,” recently renewed for a fourth season.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: November 15th, 2012

Jennie Geisler’s column on hot toys for the season is a must-read in today’s Erie Times-News.

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were part of everyday life at our home. All three of my 20-something kids had the figures, pajamas, tent, Halloween costumes and more. We were avid viewers of the TV show too.

LeonardoMichelangeloDonatello and Raphael were named for Renaissance painters. They loved pizza and their fearless leader Splinter, a rat — this does take place in a sewer, after all. Michelangelo made expressions like “Cowabunga” and “dude” part of every conversation. My oldest flushed all four of the shelled friends down the toilet to send them home one time. Dude, the plumber saved them.

Many of the 20-somethings and moms and dads will also remember the dreaded Furby. My sister gave my daughter, Kelly, a Furby when she was a tween. The critter was promptly buried in the closet and made enough noise to scare us all. Kelly removed the battery and said it was the only time that beast spoke English telling her that she was killing it. I swear it is still hidden in a box somewhere.

The $10 Rubik’s cube never goes out of style. You can even buy replacement parts from 1980 creator Hasbro. I never mastered this, and neither did my kids. But it’s a puzzle lovers 3-D dream.

Other items Jennie listed were favorites — some more mine than any of the kids. The Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends toys and books were great entertainment. Several versions exist, but the PBS Shining Time Station episodes with narrator George Carlin as the conductor were my favorites. And Ringo Starr, also made an appearance.

I’m always happy to see Legos on the list of popular toys. These aren’t just toys — they teach engineering skills, and I know we still have Legos — and permanent indentations in our feet from stepping on them.

Everyone at our house is too old to play with any of this stuff, but I may pull these retro relics out just for fun for the holidays. How about you?

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: November 14th, 2012

With all the news of droughts throughout the United States, Ken Burns’ “THE DUST BOWL” will grab your attention.

The show chronicles years of disastrous dust storms that forced people to leave their homes and farms.  Burns interviews 26 survivors and shares photographs and rare movie footage.

You can join Ken Burns for a live YouTube discussion about ‘The Dust Bowl’ Nov. 15 at 2 p.m. ET. Submit your questions on Twitter using #DustBowlPBS  and watch live at  www.youtube.com/pbs

The program premieres this weekend — Nov. 18 and 19 from 8–10 p.m. on PBS affiliate WQLN-TV.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: November 14th, 2012

The man in sneakers and a cardigan often came into our house. I was probably more impressed with Mister Rogers than my kids, and PBS invites everyone to add a comment to “Mister Rogers Inspiration: Share yours, then pass it on!

You can share your Mister Rogers memory, here on Facebook or Twitter. Visit  pbs.org/misterrogers or use the hashtag #thanksmisterrogers. Fred Rogers hosted the program from 1968–2001.

Born in LatrobePennsylvania, he was instrumental in changing TV broadcasting for children, and he did it from WQED-TV in Pittsburgh. Weekly themes were fairly common. Each show featured the trolley, a trip to the Neighborhood of Make Believe where memorable  puppets  – with Mr. Rogers voicing many of them — taught us many lessons.

If your family grew up with Mr. Rogers, a visit to the PBS site of Mr. Rogers’ house will bring back memories of the man who created a worldwide neighborhood with simple messages in a home setting.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: November 1st, 2012

Babies born, patients moved and much more proved that people helped each other and conquered natural disasters this week. Just check out the story about Christine Schleppy who started having contractions while hunkered down at home with her family in Skillman, N.J. She was 35 weeks pregnant, and she and her husband, David, worried about the baby and getting to a medical center.

An ambulance arrived — no small feat — and it got stuck in the mud. Another ambulance took the family to a mobile medical unit set up by the Hackensack University Medical Center. It was located in the gym of a local church.

Mom received no drugs, and the Schleppys welcomed healthy Liam Alexander, just over 5 pounds, in the midst of a hurricane. Read more right here.

Many more inspiring stories are out there. The video of nurses moving patients and NICU babies down dark stairwells at New York University’s Langone Medical Center after generators failed. Check out the story here.  And here’s a link to a touching message by PBS’ Elmo explaining the hurricane to kids.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

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Posted: October 22nd, 2012

Huffington Post offers some perfect costumes from TV programs. That includes the now famous PBS show Downton AbbeyDame Maggie Smith’s character — the Dowager Countess requires a hat, cane, gown and “optional accessories of maids and  a cup of tea,” says Huffington Post. Almost any character from the show would be worth the effort, and if you get a whole group together … hmm I see a Downton party in the making.

HP also suggests the rubber suit that the guy from “American Horror Story” wears. That show is too scary for me.  I’ll stick with Downton! All the stuff looks fun.

Pam Parker is the editor of Lake Erie LifeStyleHer Times and House to Home at the Erie Times-News in Erie, Pa.

 

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